BCCI accepts Kapil request
Dos and don’ts for Indian players
Bournvita CA regain title
SAI set for title
BNR defeat Eveready 4-0
Barrier Ridge holds the edge
Admiral shocks

New Delhi, May 20 
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has responded positively to Kapil Dev’s request for “moral and financial” support in legal battles against match-fixing charges.

BCCI president A.C. Muthiah announced after a meeting today that expenses of all players and administrators legally involved in match-fixing cases would be borne by the Board.

Today’s session was orginally stated to be an emergent general meeting but for some inexplicable reason, Muthiah insisted it was only an informal meeting called at his behest.

Kapil’s request, written on the letterhead of family company Dev & Dev, was signed both by him and his wife Romi. Kapil had made it clear that in case he was found guilty of having offered Rs 25 lakh to Manoj Prabhakar to under-perform in a Singer Cup tie in 1994, he would reimburse the entire amount to the Board.

The members — during their three-hour deliberations on betting, match-fixing and corruption in cricket — responded favourably to Kapil’s request and approved extending legal aid to all players and officials involved in such cases.

“We’ll reimburse expenses of players and administrators who will have to defend themselves legally until such time they are charge-sheeted. If any of them is found guilty, the money will be recovered from them.”

About extending financial help to I.S. Bindra in his legal battles, Muthiah said the BCCI would have to be convinced before extending such support.

Jagmohan Dalmiya wouldn’t be entitled to BCCI aid as his cases against three publications was as ICC president. Dalmiya later said he would be fighting the cases on his own and not use any financial aid from ICC.

Muthiah said even Manoj Prabhakar was entitled to legal aid if he approached the Board in a spirit of reconcilaiation.

Speaking to mediapersons, Muthiah gave Indian cricket a clean chit. “I think cricket is clean. It’s being unecessarily tarnished. People are using this as a forum to settle personal scores.”

In the Code of Conduct being finalised, there will be certain terms and conditions to curb corruption.

Confirming the fact that serious thought was being given to the graded payment for players, Muthiah stated even logo money would be distributed based on performance, number of matches played. Weightage to seniority, too, will be given.

The BCCI is also thinking of awarding annual contracts to a select group of players as in Australia and South Africa. Phoenix Global, a US-based company, has made a presentation to the BCCI for forming a data base of players.

The showcause notice to Bindra will be detailed, Muthiah said. The former BCCI chief will be asked to ‘reveal’ names of players he has claimed to have reprimanded for placing bets and explain his match-fixing allegations related to specific meets.

Bindra will also be asked to name the PCB secretary who had apparently told him the N Z-India tie in Sharjah (April 1998) was fixed and that four Indians would be run out.

Three of the four managers (Jyoti Bajpai, Brijesh Patel and D.V. Subba Row), whose tour reports Bindra had earlier quoted in his match-fixing charges, denied speaking to the latter. He will be asked to explain why their reports were cited. Last but not the least, the PCA president will be asked to clarify why he named Kapil as the player who tried to bribe Prabhakar.

Our Special Correspondent in Calcutta adds: The Board shelved plans to constitute a special committee to look into allegations against officials as most members felt all accounts “had already been audited and approved.”

Also, some members felt yet another Board-constituted probe could give the impression that one more futile inquiry was in the making, a la Chandrachud.    

Calcutta, May 20 
With the Board delaying introduction of a stringent Code of Conduct for players, those selected for the Asia Cup are expected to be largely governed by the “terms and conditions” laid down for the last tournament — the tri-series in Sharjah.

An amendment, to incorporate something specific on match-fixing, inducements and financial speculation, is a possibility. Of course that’s not necessary as the ICC’s general Code of Conduct (introduced in 1991-92), which covers everybody, is pretty clear on that.

In any case, manager Samiran Chakraborty will be advised to be “doubly alert.”

As for the Board’s own Code, only “fine-tuning” remains. Towards that end, comments have been sought from Board members.

It is understood the Code has drawn heavily on the ICC’s lengthy list of Unacceptable Behaviour which, incidentally, is distinct from its general Code of Conduct.

Significantly, the Board’s “terms and conditions,” in effect the dos and don’ts, are spelt out by way of a “letter” from the secretary/executive secretary to the players.

The “terms and conditions (as of India’s last engagement, in Sharjah),” a copy of which is with The Telegraph, include the following:

On the field, all the members will abide by the decisions and direction of the captain and, in his absence, the vice-captain. Off the field, all the team members will follow the directives of the manager and coach.

You will play in the matches in which you are selected, unless prevented by illness or injury.

Wearing of logos will be in accordance with the ICC directives.

During the tour, you will reside in such hotels and rooms as have been agreed upon by the Board. You are not allowed to stay in any other hotel or place.

Other than accommodation, the bills for all other expenses incurred by you in the hotel (food, beverages, alcoholic drinks, telephone, telex, fax etc.) will have to be settled by you before checking out.

You will attend all functions agreed upon by our Board and/or by the manager during the tour, unless prevented by illness or any other reason acceptable to the manager.

As per the Foreign Exchange Management Act (Fema), the entire foreign exchange earned (except daily/meals allowances) will have to be accounted for and deposited with the Reserve Bank of India.

All the prize money received in foreign exchange will have to be repatriated back to India. Equivalent amount, in Indian currency, will be paid by the Board to you.

You will not carry luggage weighing more than 20 kgs during your journey by air, excluding cricket equipment. Excess baggage (except permitted as aforesaid) charges, if any, will have to be borne by you.

No player will be accompanied by his wife, friends or relatives without the prior permission of the Board.

You will be required to fly with the entire team. In case of any default, you will have to make your own arrangement and the airfare will not be paid to you by the Board.

No team member is permitted to write or express his views in the Media in India or abroad. Only the captain and the coach are permitted to attend pre-match and post-match Media conferences.

For a period of two months from the date of return to India, no team member will write or publish or assist any person to write or publish any article, or express views on the tour or any of the matches played during the tour, or any other matter connected to or arising out of the tour, in any Media.

It is imperative for all team members to attend the prize distribution ceremony after every match in proper cricketing attire. There should be no violation of the logo regulations stated earlier.

You will be governed by the terms and conditions in this letter and the laws in force in India, and be subject to the jurisdiction of the Indian courts of law.

Note: The other “terms and conditions” feature medical facilities, business class air travel and any trophies won to be handed over to the manager who, in turn, will forward them to the Board office in Mumbai.    

Calcutta, May 20 
It had all the ingredients of the kind of exciting one-dayers the big boys play. Smooth sailing, sudden collapse, asking-rate climbing, costly mis-fields, decisive overthrows and a nail-biting finish.

At the end of it all, Bournvita Cricket Academy squeezed out a last-ball win over Jalpaiguri S.P. Roy Memorial CC to recapture the Ambar Roy Memorial sub-junior cricket crown on a matting wicket at the Eden Gardens today.

Chasing a target of 142 in 25 overs, the 1998 champions needed 14 from the last two overs with six wickets standing but a tidy over by left-arm spinner Abhishek Mukherjee, who went for just four runs, put the Jalpaiguri team back on top.

But the visitors wilted under pressure and a fielding error and two overthrows in the last over cost them the title. It was second time unlucky for them, having lost to the same opponents by one run in the 1998 final.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Kader Khan did the star turn for the city team, remaining unbeaten on 57 which came from 54 balls and included six fours. The wide-eyed Bongaon lad, quite fittingly, hit the winning boundary when his team needed one to win.

Earlier, the visitors looked set for a bigger total, reaching 115 for three by the 20th over but the dismissal of skipper and opener Mohammed Ripu Khan prevented them from accelerating in the closing overs. The captain’s second successive fifty-plus knock in the meet came from 60 balls, with the help of four fours and a six.

Lal lauds team effort

Bournvita Academy chief coach Arun Lal, who stood tensed near the boundary rope during the closing overs, praised his wards for their “team effort”. Lal disclosed he has plans of selecting youngsters from the districts and suburbs and bring them into the academy fold. Trials for this will be held soon, he informed.


Calcutta, May 20 
Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre are all set to emerge champions in the BHA first division group A league.

With a match remaining, they have 18 points and a win against West Bengal Police in their last outing Monday would have helped them clinch their maiden league title. But as things stand now, they may not have to take the trouble.

In a letter to the BHA today, WB Police have expressed their inability to field the team from tomorrow to June 10 due to assignments during the forthcoming Panchayat and municipal elections.

This rules out their chances of seeking a postponement as the BHA loses possession of the grounds well before June 10. It was supposed to vacate the grounds by today but sought extension from the Indian Football Association as all tournaments have not been completed. BHA officials, though informally, confirmed this in the evening.

The BHA league sub-committee, however, will meet sometime next week to announce the decision officially. The sub-committee will also decide whether Mohun Bagan will be relegated to group B for not fielding a team this season. WB Police is the other team facing demotion.

SAI Training Centre will emerge champions on superior goal average as CESC also have 20 points. But the SAI team has a goal average of 26-10 as compared to CESC’s 18-4. East Bengal have sealed the third spot with 19 points.

Bengal Utd in semis

Bengal United entered the semi-finals of the Lagden Shield, beating Students AC 4-3 via tie-breaker. Kashyip Raja had put Students 1-0 up in the first half before Punit Oraon equalised. Bengal United will meet CC&FC in the semis.    

Calcutta, May 20 
BNR drubbed Eveready 4-0 in a cluster match of the McDowell Cup football tournament at Kamargachi today. Subhasish Chakraborty, Partho Mitra, Balai Mondal and Swapan Das scored the goals.

At Rajpur, Railway FC overcame Kalighat Friends 3-0 with goals from Swapan Dey, Ashoke Chakraborty and Sanjib Roy.    

Bangalore, May 20 
Averoff and Barrier Ridge are two horses most likely to be involved at the finish for the 1,400m Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Cup tomorrow’s feature event. However, taking into consideration the fitness of the Jim Foley-ward Barrier Ridge looks to have come on a lot and in the hands of K. P. Appu.


2 pm: Lovely Lips 1. Storm Boy 2; Royal Glare 3.

2.30 pm: Concur 1. Star Wings 2. Ark Royal 3.

3 pm: Far Excellence 1. Step In Time 2. X-Pac 3.

3.30 pm: Aznu 1. Sea Witch 2. Save The Day 3.

4 pm: Barrier Ridge 1. Averoff 2. Carnival Flair 3.

4.30 pm: Shoorveer 1. Good Win 2. Sheer Blossoms 3.

5 pm: Financer 1. Measure By Measure 2. Musselburgh 3.

5.30 pm: Skylight 1. Venus Star Gracious Rohit 3.

Day’s Best: Far Excellence Double: Concur & Shoorveer    

The S. Inayathulla-trained five-year-old Admiral claimed the Krishnaraja Wadiyar Cup, at the Bangalore races, which were shown live on Saturday.

Ronald partnered the Don’t Forget Me-Adjaiyba gelding to victory.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Welcome Plate, Div-II 1,100m: (8-1-6) Winelight (Ruzaan) 1; Sine Mora 2; Projection 3. Won by: Dist; 2-1/4; (1-8.7). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 11; 16; 76; Quinella: 32; Tanala: 670. Fav: Winelight (8).

2. Littleover Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (3-1-11) Chanel (Faisal Ismail) 1; Nobody’s Angel 2; Silk Petals 3. Won by: 4-3/4; 3; (1-28.6). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 12; 17; 32; Quinella: 47; Tanala: 311. Fav: Chanel (3).

3. Welcome Plate, Div-I 1,100m: (2-11-12) Royal Satin (I. Chisty) 1; Desert Gold 2; Breaking News 3. Won by: 7; 3-1/4; (1-8.2). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 12; 13; 36; Quinella: 22; Tanala: 153. Fav: Royal Satin (2).

4. Littleover Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (1-10-4) Mr Belvedere (Rajesh) 1; London Bells 2; Mayfair 3. Won by: 2; 4; (1-29.5). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 15; 27; 23; Quinella: 184; Tanala: 1,220. Fav: Mr Belvedere (1).

5. Mayor’s Cup, Div-I 1,400m: (1-8-6) Own Legacy (D. Patel) 1; Royal Power 2; Gullane 3. Won by: 4; 1-3/4; (1-28.1). Tote: Win Rs 176; Place: 39; 29; 11; Quinella: 726; Tanala: 3,611. Fav: Gullane (6).

6. Krishnaraja Wadiyar Cup 1,200m: (10-7-6/9) Admiral (Ronald) 1; Joe The Pro 2; Devonlock & Godlen Fisher 3. Won by: 1/2; 1-2/3; D-H; (1-14.6). Tote: Win Rs 935; Place: 79; 22; 34 (on Devonlock); 12 (on Golden Fisher); Quinella: 2,026; Tanala: 19,892. Fav: Columbus (3).

7. Mayor’s Cup, Div-II 1,400m: (1-4-6) Supreme Glory (Prakash) 1; Deep In The Jungle 2; Atomic Fusion 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 6-1/2; (1-28.5). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 10; 12; 32; Quinella: 17; Tanala: 277. Fav: Deep In The Jungle (4).

8. Sha Tin Plate 1,200m: (12-7-8) Boss Tweed (Guruprasad) 1; Pleasantville 2; Al Bashir 3. Won by: 3/4; Nk; (1-16.8). Tote: Win Rs 57; Place: 18; 29; 34; Quinella: 172; Tanala: 3,171. Fav: Recapitulation (5).

Jackpot: Rs 59,568; (C) Rs 7,446.

Treble: (i) Rs 118; (ii) Rs 63,350 (Carried over to Sunday).    


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